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Weird Cat Behaviour Explained

Weird Cat Behaviour Explained

Q: Why does my cat suck on and knead blankets? “When cats engage in the behaviour of suckling and/or kneading on soft items such as blankets, it’s a holdover from kittenhood when they would nurse on the mother cat,” explains pioneer cat-behaviourist Pam Johnson-Bennett and star of the Animal Planet UK series Psycho Kitty. “It’s not …

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The Evolution of the Social Feline

The Evolution of the Social Feline

Toronto-based freelance writer Paul Lima, recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, struggles to stay awake and finish his story. But a wave of fatigue submerges his will, and he collapses onto the couch seconds before passing out.  When Paul awakes, he registers a deep, content purr vibrating throughout his rib cage. As his eyes flutter open, …

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The Best Cat Litters of 2021

The Best Cat Litters of 2021

Ah the litterbox, bane of many a cat person’s existence. The good news is you can greatly improve the litterbox situation for both you and your cat by choosing the right cat litter. Choose the wrong cat litter and you can create elimination issues and a stinky house. Choose the right litter and you’ll have …

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Safe Outdoor Access For Cats

Safe Outdoor Access For Cats

Cats undoubtedly love exploring outside, stretching in the sunshine and enjoying the fresh air. But allowing your cat to roam freely can have a detrimental effect on lifespan. According to UCDavis Veterinary Medicine, cats with free, uncontained access to the outdoors live shorter lives on average and are in danger of being hit by vehicles …

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Final Moments, Spent At Home

Final Moments, Spent At Home

It’s heartbreaking to say goodbye. At-home euthanasia makes it easier. A growing trend, at-home euthanasias are a blessing for pets and the people who love them. Karen Duncan has been in the room for the last minutes of the lives of many, many animals. As the co-founder of Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue (VOKRA) in Vancouver, …

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DIY Food Puzzles For Cats!

DIY Food Puzzles For Cats!

Cats are born killers by nature, furthermore, hunting is one behaviour we never asked them to change during domestication—we wanted them to kill mice and rats. But then we brought them into our homes, handed them a bowl of food, and essentially took their jobs away. The result? Frequently bored house cats. But fear not. …

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February for Felines

February for Felines

They are the purr that heals, the curtain ninja that entertains, the in-house Zen master. They are the cats we invite into our homes and in February the spotlight is on their well-being during National Cat Health Month. Pet cats are varied and complex creatures, whether they are devoted couch surfers, or indoor/outdoor cats that …

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Do This For a Happy Cat

Do This For a Happy Cat

[embedded content] When I graduated from veterinary school 20 years ago, I was taught that cats needed food, water, a litter box, and a yearly veterinary visit. This was all that was required to care for a cat; anything more was optional. Since then, feline scientists have learned that the typical indoor environment of a …

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50 Shades of Brown: A Comprehensive Guide to Cat Poop

50 Shades of Brown: A Comprehensive Guide to Cat Poop

Perfect & Problem Poop Healthy stool is log-shaped, moist, and holds shape when picked up. Consistency: Soft and mushy could indicate bacterial infection, intestinal parasites or food intolerance. Pebble-like shape usually indicates constipation/dehydration. Content: Mucus in your cat’s poop? Could be an indication of an inflamed colon. Excessive grass? Could indicate that your cat’s stressed …

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Why Is My Cat Sneezing?

Why Is My Cat Sneezing?

Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no. If your cat sneezes once in a while, this can be normal just like when a person sneezes once in a while. However, if your cat is sneezing multiple times in a row, and you’re seeing any type of nasal discharge or ‘snot’ accompanying this, that could be a concern. Bacterial …

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The Best Cat Litter of 2020

The Best Cat Litter of 2020

Ah, the litterbox: That necessary chore of cat ownership. What you choose to use can make or break your experience when it comes to cleaning. But not all homes (or all cats) are the same! Look no further for our suggestions of this year’s best cat litter, no matter what kind of home or cat …

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Best Friends Animal Society Offers Thanksgiving Tips to Keep Pets Safe

Best Friends Animal Society Offers Thanksgiving Tips to Keep Pets Safe

Like everything else in 2020, for most people this Thanksgiving will look quite different than traditional ones. There will likely be fewer folks around the dinner table. Friends may be connecting on FaceTime. Grandma might be joining by Zoom, sadly without her famous applesauce sweet potatoes.   Although there might be fewer human visitors, one …

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Healthy Paws

Healthy Paws

Trim Nails Why you should trim your cat’s nails: trimming claws will blunt damage to surfaces and the longer the claw, the more your cat will want to scratch to remove the sheath. Safely cut your cat’s nails with Conair’s ergonomically designed cat nail clippers. The soft grip, no-slip design and stainless-steel blades make it …

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Is CBD Right For Your Cat?

Is CBD Right For Your Cat?

CBD oil gave Lee Ellis four extra months with the furry love of her life. The story of Lee and Molly, a long-haired Tabby, started more than 20 years ago. Born to a feral mom, Molly was rescued by the Scarborough, ON resident when she was only four months old. “She slept next to me …

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